Benefits of Paddling



“The universal joy of participating in dragon boating, as witnessed by participant quotes from the qualitative studies…, lends further support to the importance of making all women who have been treated for breast cancer aware of this wonderful recreational opportunity”. -Harris, S.R. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012:167651

According to the collection of scientific research on the benefits of dragon boat racing for breast cancer survivors,

Not only is dragon boat racing (and other forms of upper body exercise) safe for individuals treated for breast cancer, it has been shown to have a positive impact on both physical and psychosocial outcomes in patients.

Indeed, exercise is now regarded as a valuable complementary therapy for breast cancer.

Additional benefits:

  • Non-weight-bearing – there is lower risk of injury than weight-dependent activities such as running.

  • Safe – with proper technique the paddler can recruit a reasonable amount of muscle mass and induce positive adaptations in the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.
  • Suited to a wide variety of ages and athletic abilities – training intensity can be varied simply by pulling harder and still provide each paddler with a training effect.
  • Psychologically positive – a team sport that builds harmony and togetherness, dragonboating is an exhilarating experience that every paddler has enjoyed